Late last week I received The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, 2nd Edition by Scott Eblin (amazon affiliate link) from Daniel Decker of the Higher Level Group to review (thanks Daniel!).
I normally receive a few offers from agents, PR firms, and authors to review their books, and for the most part I accept those offers….and normally I’ll post a review on here. Thankfully, I’ve enjoyed most of the books I receive…and I enjoyed this one as well.
That said, this book isn’t for everyone.
Quick Review of the book
So…what is this book about?
From the dustcover of the book:
Moving successfully to the executive level requires knowing which behaviors and beliefs to let go, as well as which new ones to pick up. This confidence building book outlines a program for success based on frank advice from accomplished senior executives around the world on what to do and, just as important, what to avoid.
I’d say that synopsis is accurate. The book provides a good walk-through of what skills are needed to be successful by senior level executives.
But…are these skills just for senior level executives? Nope…anyone can pick up these skills to use in their current role…whether that role is as a consultant, senior executive, entrepreneur or student.
For example…Chapter 2 is titled:
Pick up Confidence in your Presence; Let go of Doubt in how you Contribute.
Pretty powerful statement in that title, don’t you think? Have confidence in your abilities and push out the doubt.
Overall, this is a good book and worth picking up by anyone looking for advice / coaching on things that can be done to improve your career.
If you’ve had a good role model in your career, this book might be a repeat of what you’ve learned from your mentor and/or role model….but there might still be some good nuggets of information in here for you.
If you don’t believe in ‘ business / personal coaches’ and think you’ve got all the skills you need to be a senior level leader / manager in a large organization…move along. This book won’t have anything of substance for you.
Of course…if you think you’ve got all the skills you need, you’re deluding yourself. Everyone can learn something new.